Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lebanon: never a dull moment

Some of you may know that yours truly chairs the Dutch - Arab Friendship Association (Amsterdam chapter). We organise all kinds of activities, from a cooking workshop to lectures and films on all things related to the Arab world.

A couple of weeks ago, we had a very renown speaker. None other than the lebanese writer and journalist Melhem Riashy, the anchorman of Arab News Network and not linked to any political party in Lebanon.

Riashy is a busy bee, not only is he senior advisor to Elias Murr, the Lebanese Defense minister, in between he teaches Strategic Communication at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and he has published numerous books.

Riashy gave an on stage interview to Dutch journalist Arthur Blok regarding the socio political situation in Lebanon. His presence drew quite an audience, even including the Lebanese Ambassador to the Netherlands.